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Alumni Awarded Nobel Prizes: Smoot, Fire Receive Prizes For Research in Physics and Physiology

Two MIT alumni have been awarded Nobel Prizes this year. Andrew Z. Fire PhD ’83 shared half of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Craig C. Mello from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and George F. Smoot ’66 shared his half of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics with John C. Mather at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

’04 Alum Dies in Fatal Car Crash: Two-Car Collision in Catskill Mountains Claims Three Lives Saturday

Yuan Li ’04, former New House resident, died in a two-car head-on collision Saturday afternoon in the Catskill Mountains in New York state. Two other passengers in the same vehicle — Hui Wang, a junior at Harvard, and Li’s girlfriend Zhengying (Carly) Gu from New York City — were also killed.

Yuan Li

Described by his friends as optimistic, intelligent, and a wonderful listener, Yuan Li ’04 passed away on the afternoon of Oct. 7.

Portugal Partnership To Foster Int’l Ties

Officials from MIT and the Portuguese government met Wednesday in Lisbon to sign four documents initiating the MIT-Portugal Program. Ushering in a new era of MIT-Portugal relations, the program will undertake research and education in several focal areas including manufacturing, transportation, energy, bio-engineering and management.

E-mail Disrupted on Friday: Spam From Hacked Accounts Gets MIT Server Blocked

Thousands of spam messages were sent using compromised Athena accounts early in the morning on Friday, Oct. 6, delaying some outgoing mail delivery.

Conference Focuses on Uniquely Caribbean Issues

As Patrick Manning, the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, strode into La Sala de Puerto Rico the morning of Oct. 7, the audience rose to its feet and whispers of “Where is he?” and “Have you seen him?” quieted.

Trinidad & Tobago PM Discusses Energy & Education

This interview with Patrick Manning, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, was conducted after his keynote speech at the MIT Caribbean Students’ conference, “Technology and Society in the Caribbean.” Manning, who is currently serving his third term as prime minister, spoke candidly about his background in science, Trinidad and Tobago’s new university, and his plans for life after politics.

Disputed MIT Study Says 600,000 Iraqi Civilians Killed

President Bush and defense officials Wednesday assailed an MIT-funded survey that estimated about 600,000 Iraqis have died in war-related violence since the US invasion in 2003, a figure many times greater than the number used by American officials.

Her Mission: Easing the Stress of Getting Into College

Looking at colleges with her daughter was often painful, Marilee Jones recalls. Not because of anything her daughter Nora did, but because of the behavior of admissions officers and parents.

Deal Reached to Provide Laptops to Libyan Students

The government of Libya reached an agreement on Tuesday with One Laptop Per Child, a nonprofit US group developing an inexpensive, educational laptop computer, with the goal of supplying machines to all 1.2 million Libyan schoolchildren by June of 2008.

In Short


Documents Reveal Extent of Database on US War Protests
French Pass Bill That Punishes Denial of Armenian Genocide
US Wants Action Against North Korea, Circulates Draft to UN
Gunmen Storm Television Station In Iraq, Killing Eleven Employees
China Planning New Law to End Labor Abuse by Foreign Corporation Plants
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Studying For Midterms
One Muslim’s Message to His People
Letters to the Editor


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Women’s XC 14th at NEICAAA: Men 16th of 45 Teams; Both in Top 10 Among Division III Teams
Soccer Breaks Losing Streak With a 3-0 Win
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